Loci Orthopaedics and the InDx device originated from the BioInnovate program, a structured medical device innovation program in Ireland with proven outcomes. Loci Orthopaedics is based at the Business Innovation Centre in the National University of Ireland Galway.
An accomplished leader, Barry has over 25 years of international medical device experience spanning roles in R&D, Sales & Marketing & C Suite.
Barry graduated from University of Limerick in 1996 with an Honours Bachelor of Technology Degree. Postgraduate he competed an Executive MBA at Dublin City University, a Higher Diploma in International Selling, Dublin Institute of Technology and an Executive Leadership Program at Cambridge University, Judge Business School.
A postgraduate R&D role with Boston Scientific Galway set the foundation for Barry’s Med Tech career. Thereafter, commercial customer facing roles of increasing responsibility with Johnson & Johnson. As Franchisee Director he led the Ethicon surgical division of J&J’s business in the Irish market. After almost a decade at J&J Barry departed to pursue a personal vision, as founding CEO he established neoSurgical Ltd.
Barry led neoSurgical from its Irish inception to international commercialisation scale up and ultimately exit. Demonstrably built and led the development of early device concepts (a suite of class III surgical wound products) through CE and FDA regulatory approval. Barry is a named inventor on several granted patents and proud of his contribution to this area of surgery.
Barry brings a proven ability to analyse market and competitor trends, identify global business opportunities, build new sales channels, and penetrate markets. An industry-savvy executive who can drive new product development from initial market assessment through launch and accelerate growth for both new and existing products.
Barry is passionate about medical technology, innovation and thrives in anticipating and planning for the needs of people and organisations.
Co Founder / CTO
Gerry has worked consistently in medical devices and diagnostics since the late 1970s, spending ten years in the USA industry sector during that time. He has had a number of increasingly responsible technical roles within Technicon, Sherwood Medical and C.R. Bard/Medtronic, most recently that of senior engineering manager within R&D at Medtronic. His expertise lies in process development, new technology investigation and product design methodologies. He has several patents and trade secrets to his credit and has been charged with IP development at leadership level. A believer in team synergy, he is passionate about innovation that occurs at the boundaries of diverse disciplines. Gerry was a BioInnovate Ireland Fellow 2014, during which he further developed his skills at identifying unmet clinical needs and finding solutions through the application of experience and good engineering practice.
Technical Operations Director
John Egan is the Technical Operations Director at Loci Orthopaedics with extensive experience in the design, development, and production of medical devices. Vast experience gained through working in small start-up’s, medium multinational and large multinational companies, throughout each stage of the development life cycle. Excellent organisational skills and comprehensive knowledge of the medical device design industry and regulations across various working functions; R&D, Process Development, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Sustaining, Quality, Regulatory, Clinical Trials, Marketing & Commercial Clinical Use. Previously worked with companies including Novate Medical, Creganna Medical, Boston Scientific and Vetex Medical. John graduated from University of Galway with a First-Class Honours degree in Biomedical Engineering before entering industry.
Fiona graduated from Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway, receiving the Medtronic Excellence Award for finishing top of the class in 2018. She has previously undertaken research at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta using SolidWorks for designing apparatus for artificial heart valve testing, data analysis and working with MATLAB software. Fiona has also worked in the R&D department at Boston Scientific becoming proficient with MIMICS and 3Matics software to evaluate patient-specific data. Since joining Loci Orthopaedics, Fiona has led many of the company's design verification and validation projects including packaging, sterilization, biocompatibility, bench testing, reprocessing and helped with regulatory submissions in the EU and US. She is also the lead CAD engineer and is a named inventor on design patents, developed an app and conducted fundamental research in the area of implants for thumb base joint arthritis.
Dr Brendan Boland
Co Founder / Executive Chairperson
Brendan graduated with honours from University College Dublin Medical School in 2006. As a post-graduate, he became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and also a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners. Brendan was a Fellow of the Class of 2014 on the prestigious BioInnovate Ireland Fellowship. Skilled at identifying and determining opportunities in the lifescience and health technology landscapes, he uses his medical and business training to critically appraise very early-stage development opportunities and de-risk potential investment opportunities. As a co-founder of Loci Orthopaedics, Brendan was responsible for the company’s overall commercial and clinical strategy. He led the company’s funding efforts, raising over €9M to date in a mix of grant and equity funding. Brendan is also a named inventor on six granted US patents and the leader in bringing the company’s primary product to clinical trials. As Executive Chairperson, Brendan maintains an active role in the company, optimising the company’s overall business strategy to successfully bring novel technologies to market to meet large unmet clinical needs.
John has over 30 years experience in the medical device industry and is one of the most experienced medical device leaders in Ireland. He ran Medtronic’s cardiovascular business in Galway for 15 years and was the founder and CEO of MedNova Ltd. MedNova pioneered embolic protection for endovascular treatment of carotid artery disease and gained worldwide approval for its products. John serves as Chairman of Vistamed Limited and Cambus Teoranta, and he served as Non-Executive Director of IDA Ireland from 1995 to 2000. He was a founder of Croi, the West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation, a voluntary organization to support the fight against heart disease and stroke. John was most recently co-founder and Chariman of Neuravi, a cerebral embolectomy company recently acquired by Johnson&Johnson Ltd.
Dr. Anton Clifford
Anton brings extensive experience in company development, product creation, commercialization and customer relationship management. Uniquely suited to Loci Orthopaedics mission, Anton’s experience of bringing a novel orthopedics product from concept, through US regulatory approval, and into a pivotal US-based clinical trial, will be directly applicable to our future here at Loci. His in-depth technical knowledge will complete an outstanding combination of clinical and commercial acumen that is directly applicable to Loci Orthopaedics. Anton is co-founder and CEO of MoxiMed, an orthopaedics medical device company. He has been a key member of the MoxiMed team that has brought a product from concept to clinical use.
Ms. Gillian Buckley
Gillian has over 25 years’ experience in investing, managing and advising SMEs across a broad range of sectors. She brought the WDC Investment Fund from its concept to reality, negotiating both the original €32m exchequer allocation with the Irish Government and the legislative framework for its operation. Gillian devised the evergreen strategy which has allowed the Fund to become self-financing since 2010 and she has overseen the investment of over €58m in almost 200 SME, community and micro-enterprises across a wide range of sectors. She is also a director of the Irish Venture Capital Association and a member of the European Venture Capital Association. She is a Chartered Director and a member of the Institute of Directors.